Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh travel to the Mediterranean

Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh travel to the Mediterranean

If you are planning on traveling to the Les Baux de Provence area of France, make sure to set aside time in your itinerary for the Carrieres de Lumieres multimedia show, which offers guests a truly unique sensory experience. Located in the middle of the Alpilles, this extraordinary show features paintings from great artists projected onto the walls, floors and ceilings of a huge cave. As you make your way through the different chambers of this former bauxite mine, accompanied by beautiful classical music, you will feel as if you have been totally immersed in these colorful projected artworks.

To create this gorgeous multimedia show, Carrieres de Lumieres uses 70 videoprojectors to display the masterpieces onto the towering cave walls, as well as on the ground and overhead. The show is not static. Paintings move and change, and the entire presentation repeats so that you can watch it several times, if you so choose.

Beginning March 8, 2013, Carrieres de Lumieres will present a new show called “Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Travel in the Mediterranean.” The paintings for this show will highlight the works of a number of talented artists from the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th Century that painted in the Mediterranean area.

The first part of this stunning project will feature pieces created by French master painters Claude-Joseph Vernet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edouard Manet. The show then takes visitors through the interesting artistic creations of such masters as French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne and French Neo-impressionist painter Paul Signac.

Visitors will next proceed through examples from the Impressionism, Pointillism and Cubism movements. Finally, visitors will explore the modern art works of the Fauvists and the post-Impressionist avant-garde stylings of the artists known as the Les Nabis.

Carrieres de Lumieres puts on an impressive and stunning show that will delight both connoisseurs of the fine arts and those who just have a causal interest. It is also a wonderfully entertaining and relatively inexpensive way to introduce children to great artistic masterpieces.

While these Carrieres de Lumieres shows are worth a trip all by themselves to Les BauxdeProvence, there are also a number of other popular attractions in the surrounding area, including the ruins of a grand old castle called the Chateau des Baux. During the summer months, the Chateau, which is located on 7 hectares, also features reenactments of medieval duels and demonstrations of weapons and machines that were used during sieges on castles.

Another local attraction is a museum, the Musee Yves Brayer, that features the works of the artist Yves Brayer (1907-1990). Travelers can choose to purchase tickets for each of these attractions separately. However, there are also combination packages available. One such package includes admission to just the Carrieres de Lumieres and the castle, while another includes tickets to all three attractions -- the art show, the Chateau des Baux, as well as the Musee Yves Brayer.

If you do decide to attend the magnificent Carrieres de Lumieres show, don't forget to bring a jacket or a sweater. The caves can be quite cool, which is actually a very good thing during the hot summer months. Also make sure to save time to visit Les Baux de-Provence, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. This medieval village is a great place to wander down picturesque cobblestone streets and grab a bite to eat at a local cafe.

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